Concerts

Ready for Takeoff

In the world of rockabilly swing, few have flown as high as Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys. Currently a quintet, the band first took off from the L.A. nightclub scene right around the time of the short-lived swing revival of the mid-'90s, earning crazy frequent-flier miles by cruising the country, making hepcats and kittens jump, jive, and wail. As swing swung off the mainstream radar, Big Sandy — born Rusty Williams — did as well, thanks to band troubles, even as he released copious albums on Yep Rock, his longtime label. But thanks to the band's authentic, vintage style, the music prevailed, and his breezy, bluegrassy blend of old-time jump blues, Tex-Mex, and Western swing has found wider audiences here in America and throughout Europe. It's a case of true quality outliving a fleeting trend. With a voice so smooth it sounds like it's got wings, Big Sandy is one of the reasons swing has stayed in the air this long.

Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys play at 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $22. Call 561-585-BLUE.

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Jonathan Zwickel